Short story: Pherusa Among the Stars by Michael Haynes, listened to on the Centropic Oracle podcast, from October 2017. Recommended.
Poem: Fire and Ice by Robert Frost, listened to through Librivox. Highly Recommended.
Essay: The Apocalypse Hasn’t Happened Yet by Andrew Sullivan, listened to on the BBC’s A Point of View podcast, from October 2017. Highly Recommended.